Wed Feb 26th, 2020 at 12:51:20 PM EST
Frontrunner bashing in Charleston SC debate. How did the candidates perform on this pivotal night ... Steyer was added to the six candidates, little time to debate the issues, so it became a shouting match. Thank goodness ALL candidates believe they are the voice of Democrats to beat Trump in 2020. Diversity, solidarity and giving the viewer a certain feeling of unity in the Democratic group of candidates was absent. Some commentators compared this night to a cage fight of desperate actors trying to survive the onslaught.
More below the fold ...
Bernie Sanders faces onslaught from rivals in chaotic South Carolina debate | The Guardian |
The Democratic presidential candidates engaged in a series of chaotic and fiery exchanges on Tuesday night, in the final debate before the critical South Carolina presidential primary and Super Tuesday contests that could represent a make-or-break moment.
Senator Bernie Sanders, the frontrunner who cruised to victory in Nevada last week, bore the brunt of criticism from a number of his centrist rivals, including the former vice-president Joe Biden, the ex-New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg, and Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana.
Buttigieg labelled Sanders a polarizing figure in the primary and warned of a race between the self-declared Democratic socialist and Trump, who has already sought to weaponise the spectre of socialism in the run-up to the November election.
"If you think the last four years has been chaotic, divisive, toxic, exhausting, imagine spending the better part of 2020 with Bernie Sanders v Donald Trump," he said.
The Vermont senator denied his policies were radical, and acknowledged the heat he attracted, stating wryly: "I'm hearing my name mentioned a little bit tonight. I wonder why."
Bloomberg referenced recent reports to suggest that Sanders' campaign was benefiting from Russian interference in the 2020 primary. "Russia is helping you get elected, so you will lose to him [Trump]" Bloomberg told Sanders, in an early attempt to recover from his disastrous first debate performance last week, as members of the audience jeered.
Debate recap: Sanders survives attacks as Republicans revel in the chaos
Who won the Democratic debate? Our panelists' verdict
As for the candidates, for someone who doesn't support the use of filibuster, Elizabeth Warren sure did dominate the microphone on Tuesday night. Pete Buttigieg tried to make everything about him by talking over everyone, Michael Bloomberg was absolutely adorable trying to explain the history of hostilities in the Middle East, and Tom Steyer somehow felt emboldened to talk about economic justice despite building part of his wealth on private prisons and mines. Amy Klobuchar was also there.
The mood was chaotic, the audience paid a lot of money to behave like they were attending a Jerry Springer show, most of the candidates' hair was weirdly terrible, and the only person to hold their ground was Bernie Sanders.
○ Jessa Crispin is the host of the Public Intellectual podcast. She is a Guardian US columnist.
`The well-heeled audience booed Sanders and Warren and loved Bloomberg'
Bernie Sanders found himself on the receiving end of raucous booing, too, when he challenged Mayor Bloomberg throughout the night, including when he was criticizing Bloomberg's relationship with China.
It didn't take long before rumors about Bloomberg purchasing the audience started spreading around. So much so that one of Bloomberg's top staffers had to inform Josh Lederman of NBC news that the Bloomberg campaign "did not pay people to attend the debate and cheer for Bloomberg".
Perhaps not. Still, a few Google searches later we quickly discovered that the price of tickets to the South Carolina debate ranged between $1,750 and $3,200. And while this does not mean these individuals were paid by Bloomberg to cheer for him, it does mean that the audience members were most likely in a financial position to oppose candidates like Warren and Sanders, who would likely raise their taxes.
○ Benjamin Dixon is the host of the Benjamin Dixon Show
It's not Russia that has most effect on election interference - repeat performance -- ...
The new Washington, D.C., is awash in foreign money and shady lobbyists -- and Elliott Broidy fits right in ...
How Trump's Swamp Works Now | Rolling Stone - Feb. 2019 |
At 3:45 p.m. on October 6th, 2017, an unassuming man in his early sixties with a low, raspy voice and a thin, wide smile arrived at the White House. He had been here before, in the George W. Bush years, when he was one of the most sought-after fundraisers in the Republican Party. But a scandal had derailed his life, and afterward he had disappeared from politics. In early 2016, the opportunity arose to make his return. The man had helped Donald J. Trump's long-shot campaign raise millions of dollars, and he could rightly say he played a role in the most improbable presidential victory in American history. Now, Elliott Broidy had come to deliver an urgent message. After a brief visit with Jared Kushner, he was summoned to meet the president in the Oval Office.
Broidy told Trump about a recent trip he'd taken to the United Arab Emirates, the small but wealthy Persian Gulf nation, on behalf of a defense-contracting company he owned. Broidy raved about the crown prince of Abu Dhabi and the UAE's de facto leader, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, known as MBZ, whom he had met with while in the Emirates. He said that MBZ and Mohammed bin Salman, the young crown prince of Saudi Arabia, were creating an all-Muslim counterterrorism force made up of 5,000 Arab soldiers to fight against the Taliban and ISIS. With the help of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the former U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Broidy said, his company would assist the UAE and Saudi Arabia to train and assist those pan-Arab fighters.
[A long read, worthwhile ...]
I had covered a number of the bases in this article, many times!
From my diaries ...
○ NY Times: Collusion Trump Transition Team with UAE/Israel
○ Political Divide UAE (Trump) and Qatar (Clinton)
○ Seychelles Back-channel Leads to Abu Dhabi